DOT Hazmat: Security Awareness Training Course



This course is the DOT Hazmat: Security Awareness training that is part of the core curriculum for DOT Hazmat transportation training. In the wake of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, the Department of Transportation has made Security Awareness part of General Awareness training. This training is also available as part of DOT Hazmat Basic General Awareness Training (4 Hour) and DOT Hazmat Advanced General Awareness Training (10 Hour). All workers involved in the transportation, manufacture, or use of hazardous materials should receive this training.

The objectives of this course are to meet the DOT training requirements of 49 CFR 172.704(a)(4).

Per 49 CFR 172.704(a)(4)

Security awareness training. No later than the date of the first scheduled recurrent training after March 25, 2003, and in no case later than March 24, 2006, each hazmat employee must receive training that provides an awareness of security risks associated with hazardous materials transportation and methods designed to enhance transportation security. This training must also include a component covering how to recognize and respond to possible security threats. After March 25, 2003, new hazmat employees must receive the security awareness training required by this paragraph within 90 days after employment.

This course is designed to help workers meet the DOT's requirement for Security Awareness Training. This training is part of a core curriculum of training that includes:

  • General Awareness training (Basic or Advanced);
  • Function-specific and modal-specific training (Air, Rail, Highway, or Vessel);
  • Safety awareness training;
  • Security awareness training;
  • In-depth security training (if applicable); and
  • Driver training for motor vehicle operators (if applicable).

Workers must receive additional training, when required by OSHA standards, on the specific hazards of their job.

Training Providers should be used to ensure credibility and augment a company's training program. Therefore, in addition to the training provided by an outside party, a student should receive site-specific training that is supplied by their own company. This training should target the company's unique approach to hazard prevention, including the use of site-specific equipment, health and safety policies, and emergency procedures. As a rule, this company specific training should be well documented.

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